Fans desperate for a new instalment of the fabled Half-Life series of video games may be pleased to learn a new sequel, of sorts, is on the way.
Original developer Valve has offered its approval to a fan-made effort, which continues the Half-Life 2 legacy and follows on from Gearbox’s Opposing Force expansion of the 1998 original.
The 13-level Prospekt game, built entirely by 25-year old Richard Seabrook over the course of two years, picks up where the story left off and makes good on one of the most enthralling, unanswered cliffhangers in gaming history.
Prospekt continues the story of US Marine Adrian Shephard, whose fate has remained unknown for 17 years, and brings main protagonist Gordon Freeman back into the fray.
The game’s description reads: “Prospekt begins in the Nova Prospekt prison in the Half-Life universe. Gordon Freeman is slowly being overrun by soldiers in the prison, however unknown to him, his Vortigaunt allies manage to find some help from a forgotten hero.”
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The developer says Prospekt is around the length of Half-Life 2: Episode One and is a standalone title with no requirement to own the previous titles. It’s £7.50/$9.99 title and will be available on the Steam store. Order now and you'll get 10% off too.
The game should be enough to tide you over until Half-Life 3 arrives, which we continue to hope will be sometime this century.
A report this week alleged Half-Life 2: Episode 3 is no longer in the cards and Valve will instead go straight to Half-Life 3 and will arrive “sooner than you think.” We can but hope. In the meantime, check out the trailer for Prospekt below.